Glowing Complexion: How to Achieve It

April 20th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Have you noticed how some peoples’ skin looks really clear and glows as if from within, while in others it appears to be dull and almost lifeless? For the most part, the difference in appearance is due to the different amount of light that reflects from the skin to the eyes. The more light is reflected, the more beautiful the skin tone appears to be.

The Glow Comes from Within

Therefore, if you think about it, the glow really does come from within. Consider the layers of your skin: you have the stratum corneum as the most outer layer, followed by the translucent epidermis and then the dermis, which contains collagen. When the skin is young and healthy, about 90% of white light penetrates the stratum corneum of the skin, hitting several light-absorbing molecules called chromophores, such as hemoglobin in the blood, melanin in the epidermis, and collagen. Collagen is responsible for reflecting the light back to the eyes, while melanin and hemoglobin modify the color of the light. The diffused light radiates off the surface of the stratum corneum, giving that coveted, luminous glow. Read the rest of this entry »

Aging Skin: Fighting Back! (Updated)

March 10th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Muscles of the FaceSkin belies aging like no other organ. It takes all the blame, while in fact it only reflects what it covers. The skin is the outermost organ of our body. Its purpose is to cover our deeper structures and first of all, the muscles.

Starting at about age 25, our muscles start to become measurably older…and smaller. By age 50, most of us have lost half or more of our muscle mass. Result: there is more skin to cover less muscle volume.

Muscles Do More than You Think

Muscles do more than help us to lift and jump and run. The heart is a muscle, as you well know, and its function is to pump blood. But did you know other muscles do the same thing? Not in the literal pumping sense of the heart. But consider… Arteries and veins are the conduits or “hoses” through which blood travels. Blood is pumped away from the heart and lungs through the arteries and it returns to the heart through the veins. It is muscle movement which gives the extra oomph your blood needs to flow fully. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Tests…Are You Overdiagnosed?

February 2nd, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

DiagnosisRecently I came across an article on the internet that contained this letter from a health-conscious woman:

Imagine my shock at my last physical, when my doctor told me I had hypothyroidism, common in women over 40. When I got home I looked [it up] on the Internet and found a list of foods to avoid. Kale, which I juiced every morning, tops the list, followed by broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and collard greens—the cruciferous vegetables I consumed in large quantities because they are thought to prevent cancer…
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Anti-wrinkle Injections: You Must Know the Facts

December 14th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Anti-Wrinkle InjectionThanks to our culture’s buy-in to modern pharmaceutically based medicine, we’ve inherited  the notion that if something is injected through a needle wielded by someone in a lab coat, it’s a good thing…or at least a safe thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Cosmetic Procedure Went Wrong: Letter from Miss F.

December 1st, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Cosmetic proceduresThis lady contacted me and agreed to share her journey over the last few years. May we all learn from her experience…

“First I want to say how happy I am that I found you by coincidence. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Not only with your books and products but also with the free information on your website. I know you are a very busy woman. But I really hope you can make some time to read my story … Read the rest of this entry »

How Many “Raw Food Calories” Should You Eat?

October 29th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya with her Daily CaloriesHow Many “Raw Food” Calories Should You Eat?

Recently I came across a BBC documentary series, The Truth About Food. The first episode, titled How to Be Healthy, follows nine fast-food junkies temporarily caged at a zoo, as they munch their way through 5 kilos (about 11 lbs) of raw fruit and vegetables every day.

A good documentary. A valid message that raw foods can greatly improve your health. But the notion of eating a truckload of food makes it unappealing for many. Is there a solution?  Read the rest of this entry »

Best Time to Eat for Optimal Health: New Scientific Data

October 5th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Body Clock

About eight years ago, I discovered from my own experience that the best time to eat is within the first eight waking hours of the day and that it’s best not to eat at all during the remaining sixteen. The anti-aging results were so impressive I felt compelled to write what’s been my most popular book to date – Quantum Eating.

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When Feeling Good is Not Enough

September 7th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Young and OldProbably just like you, whenever I watch a YouTube video, I like to know what other people think about it. An especially interesting study is to read viewers’ comments after they’ve watched a video put out by a raw foods aficionado. If a presenter doesn’t look the very picture of glowing health, comments get snarky fast. This dippy hippie looks malnourished… Looks pretty spry for a sixty-something chick, but gee her skin looks old…and the opposition favorite: I’ve seen 90′s something people have smoother skin, and they weren’t fat, and they ate the standard human diet of cooked food omnivorism... You get the drift. Read the rest of this entry »

Health and Beauty: When Natural and Unnatural Practices Clash

September 2nd, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Difficult choiceThis email brought up a very good point…

I have a problem…I was prescribed Botox treatment and nasolabial fillers by my dermatologist. Like you, I’ve never had any such thing done. I’m still all natural, but I am already showing some aging features. As I’ve been practicing “face yoga” for about four months, I’m hesitant: Will it be possible to resume my “face yoga” after the prescribed treatment?… Read the rest of this entry »

To Stay Youthful: Minimize Metabolic Waste

July 28th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Produce BasketFire is a universal metaphor used when talking about nutrition. Most familiarly, we “burn calories.” It’s quite an apt comparison, too. Indeed, digestion as “burning” is as much literal as metaphorical—a fire, after all, is reducible to chemical reactions, and digestion is no different.

Consider the combustion of coal. The industry defines a particular type of coal’s efficiency by the ratio of the weight of leftover ash after burning to the weight of the coal beforehand. High quality coal (such as anthracite) leaves about 15% ash, lower quality 25% or more. Digestion leaves “ash” as well, though we call it metabolic waste. Read the rest of this entry »

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